In place of flour and leaveners, whipped eggs whites to produce cupcakes with a light-as-air texture.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Melt butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water. Stir to combine, then remove bowl from heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in egg yolks.

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  • With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until peaks are stiff and glossy but not dry (do not overbeat). Whisk one quarter of the beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten; gently fold mixture into remaining whites.

  • Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until cupcakes are just set in centers, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes (their centers will sink). Cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are baked; keep at room temperature until ready to serve, topped with scoops of ice cream, if desired.

Reviews (7)

264 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 74
  • 3 star values: 72
  • 2 star values: 45
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2018
Followed the recipe and filled silicone cupcake liners just over 3/4 full. The recipe made 18 cupcakes. They looked just like the photos and were delicious! Loaded them with whipped cream on top.
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2017
This is a very easy and also tasty recipe.
Rating: Unrated
04/24/2015
Must the eggs be room temperature???
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Rating: Unrated
03/02/2014
I loved this recipe! Turned out like the pictures. Almost feels like a chocolate mousse in the center. Was delish! Just way too much for two people. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2012
Hey! I think I may have done something wrong. i followed the instructions to a T and I ended up with gooey cupcakes. Not at all crispy like in the picture? Can anyone tell me what I did wrong?
Rating: Unrated
06/23/2012
not sure where the "vague directions" comment is coming from..... super, SUPER easy receipe with simple, SIMPLE directions! Great cupcakes!! used a german chocolate gooeiness filing :)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
These were great and really easy to make! But read the recipe first before you start!